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MLSE FOUNDATION AND CANADIAN TIRE JUMPSTART CHARITIES ANNOUNCE $225,000 GRANT TO CITY OF MISSISSAUGA

7/9/2015 9:15:45 AM
MLSE Foundation and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities announced Tuesday that the organizations will grant $225,000 to the City of Mississauga to support the construction of a new multisport court. Located at the Colonial Terrace complex (3570 and 3590 Colonial Drive), the new court will give youth in the area access to a safe space to play sports including basketball, soccer and hockey. The Erin Mills Youth Centre will also utilize the new multisport court as a place to coach youth from the surrounding neighbourhood and help them develop valuable life skills like teamwork and leadership.
“The City is grateful to the MLSE Foundation, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, the Region of Peel and other community partners who have made this neighbourhood project a priority,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner of Community Services at the City of Mississauga. “Funding from the MLSE Foundation and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities will support the construction of the multisport court, which will allow youth to access free sport programming and learn the importance of teamwork, participation, sportsmanship, perseverance and leadership.”
The vacant parking lot that currently stands in the location of the new multisport court is owned by the Region of Peel, which has granted the City of Mississauga permission to redevelop the property into a space that will positively impact the community. The court is tentatively scheduled to open in spring 2016 and will be the third time since 2011 that MLSE Foundation has provided funding to the City to redevelop sport spaces after refurbishing Burnhamthorpe Community Centre and Malton Arena. After seeing significant success using the same strategy at the Regent Park Athletic Grounds, MLSE Foundation and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities will collaborate with local youth from the Erin Mills Youth Centre during the planning process to gather feedback about the design of the multisport court.
“In ten years, Jumpstart has helped almost a million kids learn, play and grow through sport,” said Jumpstart Executive Director, Landon French. “We are proud to announce our third multisport court build with the MLSE Foundation, providing kids with a safe place to get active. With each new multisport court we build together, Jumpstart will facilitate funding for kids to get involved in physical activity programs within their community.”
The Colonial Terrace multisport court will mark the third time MLSE Foundation and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities have collaborated since 2013, with multisport courts at East Scarborough Storefront and Valley Park Middle School in Toronto launching successfully in their respective neighbourhoods. Over the course of MLSE Foundation and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities’ partnership, more than $2 million will be invested to support sport and play in the Greater Toronto Area.

“MLSE Foundation and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities are excited to be involved in the multisport project at 3570 & 3590 Colonial Drive,” said Michael Bartlett, Executive Director, MLSE Foundation. “We believe in the power of sport to impact the lives of youth and we are equally excited that the youth of Erin Mills Youth Centre will be taking part in the design process.  Access to free, quality recreational spaces has the power to dramatically increase positive outcomes in all communities. With the exciting announcement that Raptors 905 – the newest addition to MLSE’s roster of teams – will also be playing in Mississauga, MLSE Foundation and our partner Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities are looking forward to developing the next generation of Raptors on the new multisport court.”
For more information on the multisport court at the Colonial Drive complex, please visit Mississauga.ca/recreation.
 
About MLSE Foundation:
MLSE Foundation believes all kids should have access to sport and the opportunity to develop lasting dreams on the playing field. With the support of all four MLSE teams – the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and the Toronto Marlies – the Foundation funds the refurbishment of local athletic facilities and programs that support kids through sport and recreation. Since launching in December 2009, the MLSE Foundation has invested more than $15 million into our community. For information visit mlsefoundation.org or follow @MLSEFoundation.
About Canadian Tire Jumpstart:
Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a national charity dedicated to providing kids from low-income families with the opportunity to experience the benefits of organized sports and physical activities. With an extensive, national network of more than 330 local chapters, Jumpstart helps kids in communities across Canada by assisting with the costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation. Supported by the Canadian Tire Family of Companies, which includes Canadian Tire, PartSource, Gas+, Sport Chek, Atmosphere, National Sports, Sports Experts, Mark's and Canadian Tire Financial Services, Jumpstart has enabled more than 960,000 Canadian kids and counting to get in the game since 2005.
 
Follow Jumpstart on Twitter and Facebook to learn about how the charity is giving kids across Canada a sporting chance.
About the City of Mississauga
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 752,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses, including more than 60 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. Mississauga is focused on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.
 
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Media Contacts
Akasha Di Tomasso, MLSE, 416-815-5924, Akasha.DiTomasso@MLSE.com
Candice Bruton, Canadian Tire Corporation, 416-520-3184, candice.bruton@cantire.com  
Karen Flores, City of Mississauga, 905-615-3200 x 5053, Karen.Flores@mississauga.ca